Sunday, November 17, 2013

Federal government to transfer laboratory chimps to sanctuaries

Hundreds of chimpanzees held in captivity for medical experiments got a reprieve from Congress on Wednesday when the Senate passed legislation to fund the transfer of almost all of the apes owned by the federal government to chimpanzee sanctuaries.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law The Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance and Protection Act, which allots funding for sanctuaries to house chimpanzees owned by the National Institutes of Health. The legislation comes after experts found in 2011 that the chimpanzees in research facilities were rarely used by scientists and simply languish in laboratories.

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